‘Our Country Let Jim Down’: James Foley’s Mother Opens Up in CNN Interview

Anderson Cooper tonight aired a very in-depth, emotional interview with Diane Foley, the mother of slain American journalist James Foley, who repeatedly expressed her frustrations with the U.S. government for not prioritizing the safe return of her son. She said, rather bluntly, “Our country let Jim down.”

She told Cooper the government viewed her family’s efforts to get James home were viewed as an “annoyance” and she was “embarrassed and appalled” by what she witnessed. Foley was most shocked when she was told they would be prosecuted if they tried to raise ransom money to get him home.

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Foley said she “tended to know anything before the FBI and anyone else” because, in part, she spoke with freed European ISIS hostages. She kept hammering the U.S. government for a “lack of communication” and prioritization and said, “Our government need to be shrewder, smarter, willing to negotiate with these people who hate us, so that we can find better ways to rid ourselves of terror.”

Watch the full interview below, via CNN:

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